A Tribe Of One

     Do you remember the phrase, or in  actuality, the “movement”  of, “it’s all about me”? Well guess what? In the end it is just that, IT IS, all about you after all! For in the words of a song from long ago, “The Reverend Mr. Black,”  *written by Billy Edd Wheeler, Mike Stoller, and Jerry Leiber in 1963 and recorded by The Kingston Trio that same year, and was later covered by the late, great Johnny Cash in 1981, and featured in the film “Oh, Brother Where Art Thou” well,  “You’ve got to walk that lonesome valley, you’ve got to walk it, by yourself,  for nobody else, can walk it for you… You’ve got to walk it by yourself..” And that, is a fact my friends, For in the end, after our journey here is done, we are, going solo into the next life and we are going as… “A Tribe of One.” 

     Stay safe this Saturday,


* Information provided by wikipedia

A Tribe of One

Our spirit is alone at journey’s end

A Tribe Of One

You must follow your spirit

or it shall die,

with companions many

or companion shy.

So that your travel is true

when seen through your eye,

and your spirit remains

when you’ve said goodbye.


And then when your travels

have long since been done,

and you are awaiting

your last rising sun,

your spirit will smile

and regrets, will have none.

For in the end comes the truth

we are a tribe of just one.


Jack Downing

Nov. 2012



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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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